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Cook’s brother James goes to Bills; will face the Vikings

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Betty Cook, still in South Florida, known as Miss Betty, has a new favorite NFL team in another cold-weather location.

Make this NFL team co-favorite. Or the AFC’s favorite team.

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook’s grandmother hoped her younger brother, James, would be drafted by the family’s hometown of the Miami Dolphins. Instead, James, a running back for national champion Georgia, got the call from the Buffalo Bills in the second round on Friday night while in Miami surrounded by his young son, Miss Betty, Dalvin, his brother elder Deandre Burnette, his mother Varondria and many more. more family and friends.

“I’m ready to compete for a national championship, I mean, the Super Bowl,” James said. “I’m not going to lie. During this whole selection process, I fell in love with the Bills. They let me be me.”

And who is it?

“A versatile running back who can split, split wide and score touchdowns,” he said. “The Bills get a touchdown.”

The Vikings play in Buffalo this season on a date to be released May 12. Yes, Miss Betty will be there. She made that clear last week.

“I’m going to get one of those jerseys that’s half Minnesota Vikings and half the team James ends up with,” she said. “It will also be number 4.”

Wearing the No. 4 is a family tradition that dates back to when Deandre, 28, wore it in youth football because, he said, “everyone knew growing up that the best player in Risco Park wore number 4”.

Dalvin and James wore it to Miami Central High and college. Dalvin, who played at Florida State, was also a second-round pick in 2017. He went 41st in total, while James went 63rd as the third running back selected this year.

Their father, James Sr., who died in December 2020, loved this number 4. He always wanted Dalvin to go from 33 to 4. Dalvin will move there this year after the NFL relaxed its number restrictions. James Jr. might have a harder time getting that number because he already belongs to Bills safety Jaquan Johnson.

James, a 5-11, 190 pounds who ran a 4.42 dash for 40 yards, averaged 6.5 yards per carry in 46 games at Georgia and is a natural receiver out of the backfield or fielded wide. He said he and the Bills’ first rusher, Devin Singletary, would make a “1-2 punch that would shock the world.”

The family, of course, has already started looking forward to that Vikings-Bills game this fall.

“[Dalvin] and I talked about it,” James Jr. said. “I have to take the mic for that one. They must have us mic that day. It doesn’t feel real yet. This moment changes your life forever.”